A man and his daughter who allegedly kidnapped a woman in Las Vegas, then robbed, raped and assaulted her before dumping her in the desert near Edwards Air Force Base were behind bars Friday.
Details of the alleged crime spree were not immediately released by authorities, but NBC4 reported that the victim was abducted a week ago and held for ransom before being bound with duct tape and left to die in the Antelope Valley desert. She was found Wednesday by Air Force police officers near the military base, the station reported.
According to the District Attorney’s Office, Stanley Lawton, 54, and Shaniya Poche-Lawton, 22, were both charged with one count each of kidnapping to commit robbery, kidnapping from outside the state, attempted murder and forcible rape, along with three counts each of first-degree ATM robbery.
Stanley Lawton was scheduled to be arraigned Friday afternoon in a Lancaster courtroom. He was arrested Wednesday by deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Palmdale station, according to jail records.
Shaniya Poche-Lawton is expected to appear in court Tuesday, also in Lancaster. She was arrested early Thursday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
According to NBC4, which was the first to report the alleged crimes, the victim was kidnapped from a Las Vegas business on Nov. 1. She was initially held captive in Nevada, then placed in the trunk of a car and eventually taken to a location in Palmdale, Channel 4 reported, citing unnamed law enforcement sources.
According to the NBC4 report, the woman told investigators were captives repeatedly beat and sexually assaulted her, and forced her to withdraw money from her bank account.
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